PSG v Monaco D-5 - Kondogbia: 'No pressure'
Newly signed Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia believes his side are under no extra pressure as they prepare to take on in-form PSG in their heavyweight clash at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.
Kondogbia may have just joined the principality club, making the move from Sevilla just before the close of the summer transfer window, but the France midfielder already feels at home at Monaco and believes the league leaders can strike a blow at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.
"It's actually a pretty good time to take on PSG, because Monaco are still unbeaten this season," he said as the match between the two main candidates for the Ligue 1 title - who spent a combined €277m on new players over the summer - looms. "Pressure? There is no pressure. We've shown our quality since the beginning of the season, so there's no reason for us to put any extra pressure on our shoulders."
Kondogbia, who debuted for Monaco in the 1-0 win over Lorient on Sunday that returned his side to top spot, says he has a lot of respect for his opponents from the capital but believes his side have the quality to draw first blood in what is shaping up to be an intense rivalry.
"PSG are a huge side, but we also have our strengths. It’s up to us to make sure the match turns in our favour," he declared. "I admire PSG's qualities and I'm a big fan of Blaise Matuidi. I think their midfielders are very complementary. But we also have a lot of talent in our squad and we'll do all we can to get a result at the Parc des Princes."
The Falcao factor
Perhaps the biggest name - if not the biggest talent - at Monaco is Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, and Kondogbia believes the former Atletico Madrid hitman, whom many have tipped to rival last season's Ligue 1 top scorer and Player of the Year Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is a huge asset for the club.
"I'm lucky to know him," Kondogbia said of the 27-year-old Colombian, ho has struck four goals in Monaco's five matches this season - three more than Ibrahimovic. "He's someone with a lot of talent who is also very humble. He's a great guy, both on and off the pitch."